The FBI announced that $1.2 million is missing from a Swiss Air Lines plane that landed at JFK Airport in New York, coming from Zurich on Saturday, June 22, reports ABC.
This is a breaking story so stay tuned for updates.
Here’s what we know so far…
1. The Money Was in Cash
J. Peter Donald, a spokesman for the FBI, said that money was in $100 bills onboard the plane.
2. The Money Was Due For the Federal Reserve
#Breaking: The $1.2 million that apparently vanished from a Swiss Air Lines at JFK yesterday was destined for Fed. Reserve Bank of New York
— ABC News (@ABC) June 25, 2013
NBC New York reports that the money was coming from a bank in Switzerland and was due for the Federal Reserve in Manhattan.
3. It Isn’t Certain That the Money Was Stolen From JFK
The FBI has not ruled out the possibility that the money went missing before the plane left Switzerland. The theft wasn’t noticed until “representatives for the recipient” opened the cargo hold of the jet and released it was empty. According to the New York Post, the cargo hold showed no signs of having been “compromised.”
4. New York Law-Enforcement Are Keeping Schtum
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have not commented on the missing cash, nor have any officials from JFK Airport.
5. The Case is Similar to the Infamous ‘Lufthansa Heist’
This comes just a week after the famed “Lufthansa Heist” has been back in the news. In that theft, an elaborate heist was conceived by high-ranking mob members to steal large amounts of money from the Lufthansa hangar at JFK airport.
The former-home of Jimmy “The Gent” Burke, one of the alleged masterminds behind the theft, was searched by the FBI last week, after an anonymous tip was received. The FBI dug for hours under the house in Jamaican, Queens, the Feds found what they believed to be human remains that may be linked to the heist. Nobody was ever charged for the robbery. Jimmy Burke died of lung cancer in 2004.